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              (b)             in sub-paragraphs (6) and (7), for “or licenceholder” there shall be

substituted “or provider”; and

              (c)             in sub-paragraph (6), for “running of the telecommunication system”

there shall be substituted “provision of the public electronic

communications network”.

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Railways Act 1993

  127     (1)      Section 145 of the Railways Act 1993 (c. 43) (general restrictions on

disclosure of information) be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (2)(b), for sub-paragraph (iv) there shall be substituted—

                           “(iv)                             the Office of Communications,”.

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          (3)      In subsection (3), after paragraph (qs) there shall be inserted—

                    “(qt)                      the Communications Act 2003;”.

Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993

  128     (1)      This paragraph applies to the following provisions of the Roads (Northern

Ireland) Order 1993 (S.I. 1993/3160 (N.I. 15))—

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              (a)             Article 12(2) (road bridges over railways);

              (b)             Article 70(2) (consultation on exercise of power to erect structure on

road);

              (c)             Article 72(2) (control of scaffolding on roads);

              (d)             Article 73(2) (restriction on placing rails etc. over roads);

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              (e)             Article 78(2) (excavations in a road);

              (f)             Article 79(2) (placing of apparatus in or under roads);

              (g)             Article 82(3) (excavations near a road);

              (h)             Article 83(2) (alteration of wall, fence or drain at the side of a road);

              (i)             Schedule 9 (savings for telecommunications apparatus).

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          (2)      In each of the provisions to which this paragraph applies—

              (a)             for “a telecommunications code system” and “any

telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

              (b)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

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be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (c)             for “telecommunications code”, wherever occurring (except in the

expression “telecommunications code system”), there shall be

substituted “electronic communications code”;

              (d)             for “that system”, “any such system” and “the system”, wherever

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occurring, there shall be substituted, respectively, “that network”,

“any such network” and “the network”;

              (e)             for “the telecommunications code system” there shall be substituted

“the electronic communications code network”.

Value Added Tax Act 1994

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  129     (1)      The Value Added Tax Act 1994 (c. 23) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In section 33 (refunds of VAT in certain cases)—

              (a)             in subsection (3), for paragraph (j) there shall be substituted—

 

 

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                           “(j)                             the appointed news provider referred to in section

276 of the Communications Act 2003; and”;

              (b)             in subsection (5), for “a nominated” there shall be substituted “an

appointed”.

          (3)      In Part 2 of Schedule 9 (exemptions), in Note (1) in Group 12 (fund-raising

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events by charities etc.), for “a telecommunications system (within the

meaning of the Telecommunications Act 1984)” there shall be substituted

“an electronic communications network”.

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

  130     (1)      Section 163 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33) (local

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authority powers to provide closed-circuit television) shall be amended as

follows.

          (2)      For subsection (1)(b) there shall be substituted—

                    “(b)                      providing within their area an electronic communications

service which is distributed—

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                           (i)                          only to persons on a single set of premises; and

                           (ii)                         by an electronic communications network which is

wholly within those premises and is not connected to

an electronic communications network any part of

which is outside those premises;”.

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          (3)      In subsection (1)(c), for “telecommunications system” there shall be

substituted “electronic communications network or electronic

communications service”.

          (4)      After subsection (3), there shall be inserted—

              “(3A)                For the purposes of subsection (1)(b)—

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                    (a)                   a set of premises is a single set of premises if, and only if, the

same person is the occupier of all the premises; and

                    (b)                   two or more vehicles are capable of constituting a single set

of premises if, and only if, they are coupled together.”

          (5)      In subsection (4), for the definition of “telecommunications system” there

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shall be substituted—

                                      “‘premises’ includes a vehicle; and

                                      ‘vehicle’ includes a vessel, aircraft or hovercraft.”

Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

  131      In Article 12 of the Airports (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 (S.I. 1994/426

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(N.I. 1)) (provisions as to telecommunications apparatus)—

              (a)             for “telecommunications apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (b)             for “the telecommunications code”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “the electronic communications code”;

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              (c)             for “a telecommunications code system”, wherever occurring, there

shall be substituted “an electronic communications code network”;

              (d)             in paragraph (3), for “that system” there shall be substituted “that

network”.

 

 

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Merchant Shipping Act 1995

  132               In section 91(7) of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (c. 21) (report of dangers

to navigation), in the definition of “controlled station for wireless

telegraphy”—

              (a)             after “Secretary of State” there shall be inserted “or by the Office of

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Communications”; and

              (b)             for “by him” there shall be substituted “by the Office of

Communications”.

Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995

  133     (1)      The Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 46) shall be amended as

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follows.

          (2)      In section 302(9)(a) (interpretation), at the end there shall be inserted “nor an

offence to which Schedule 6 to the Communications Act 2003 (fixed

penalties for wireless telegraphy offences) applies.”

          (3)      In Schedule 9 (certificates as to proof of certain routine matters), at the end

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there shall be inserted—

 

“The

A person authorised

In relation to

 
 

Communications Act

to do so by the

premises at an

 
 

2003

British Broadcasting

address specified in

 
 

Section 356(1) and (2)

Corporation

the certificate,

 

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(offence of

 

whether on a date so

 
 

unauthorised

 

specified any

 
 

installation or use of

 

television licence (for

 
 

a television receiver)

 

the purposes of that

 
   

section) was, in

 

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records maintained

 
   

on behalf of the

 
   

Corporation in

 
   

relation to such

 
   

licences, recorded as

 

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being in force; and, if

 
   

so, particulars so

 
   

specified of such

 
   

record of that

 
   

licence.”

 

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British Waterways Act 1995

  134      In section 3(1) of the British Waterways Act 1995 (c. i) (interpretation), in the

definition of “relevant undertaker”, in paragraph (f), for the words from the

beginning to “in that Act)” there shall be substituted “any provider of an

electronic communications network having any electronic communications

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apparatus”.

 

 

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Street Works (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

  135     (1)      Paragraph 7 of Schedule 2 to the Street Works (Northern Ireland) Order 1995

(S.I. 1995/3210 (N.I. 19)) (streets with special engineering difficulties) shall

be amended as follows.

          (2)      For “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall be

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substituted “electronic communications apparatus”.

          (3)      In sub-paragraph (3)(c)—

              (a)             for “a telecommunication system” there shall be substituted “an

electronic communications network”;

              (b)             for “a system” there shall be substituted “a network”.

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Housing Act 1996

  136      In section 16(7)(a) of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (use of electronic

communications by tenant in exercise of right to acquire dwelling), for “a

telecommunication system (within the meaning of the Telecommunications

Act 1984)” there shall be substituted “an electronic communications

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network”.

Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996

  137      In section 105(1)(b) of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration

Act 1996 (c. 53) (meaning of “construction operations”), for

“telecommunication apparatus” there shall be substituted “electronic

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communications apparatus”.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996

  138      In Schedule 6 to the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Act 1996 (c. 61) (planning

conditions), in the table in paragraph 6(4) and the table in paragraph 15(4),

for “telecommunications masts”, in each place, there shall be substituted

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“electronic communications masts”.

  139     (1)      Part 4 of Schedule 15 to that Act (protection of telecommunications

operators) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      In paragraph 1(1), for “telecommunications operator” there shall be

substituted “an operator of an electronic communications code network”.

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          (3)      In paragraphs 2 to 4—

              (a)             for “telecommunications code”, wherever occurring, there shall be

substituted “electronic communications code”;

              (b)             for “telecommunications apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

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              (c)             for “a telecommunications operator”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an operator”;

              (d)             for “any telecommunications operator”, wherever occurring, there

shall be substituted “any operator of an electronic communications

code network”;

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              (e)             for “the telecommunications operator”, wherever occurring, there

shall be substituted “the operator”;

              (f)             for “telecommunications system” there shall be substituted

“electronic communications code network”.

 

 

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          (4)      In paragraph 5—

              (a)             for “telecommunications apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (b)             for “telecommunications operator”, in the first place where it occurs,

there shall be substituted “operator of an electronic communications

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code network”;

              (c)             for “telecommunications operator”, in each other place where it

occurs, there shall be substituted “operator”.

Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

  140      The Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (S.I. 1996/275 (N.I. 2)) shall be

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amended as follows.

  141      In Article 44 (restrictions on disclosure of information)—

              (a)             in paragraph (3)(b), for head (vi) there shall be substituted—

                                 “(vi)                                   the Office of Communications;”;

              (b)             in paragraph (4), after sub-paragraph (v) there shall be inserted—

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                                 “(w)                                   the Communications Act 2003.”

  142     (1)      Schedule 3 (other powers etc. of licence holders) shall be amended as

follows.

          (2)      In paragraph 1(1)—

              (a)             for “a public telecommunications operator” there shall be substituted

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“an electronic communications code operator”;

              (b)             for “telecommunication system” there shall be substituted

“electronic communications network”.

          (3)      In paragraphs 4 and 6 for “public telecommunications operator” there shall

be substituted “electronic communications code operator”.

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          (4)      In paragraphs 3(1), (2) and (3), 5(1) and (2), 6(1) and 8—

              (a)             for “telecommunication apparatus”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “electronic communications apparatus”;

              (b)             for “a telecommunication system”, wherever occurring, there shall

be substituted “an electronic communications network”;

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              (c)             for “telecommunications code”, wherever occurring, there shall be

substituted “electronic communications code”.

Construction Contracts (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

  143      In Article 4(1)(b) of the Construction Contracts (Northern Ireland) Order

1997 (S.I. 1997/274 (N.I. 1)) (meaning of “construction operations”), for

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“telecommunication apparatus” there shall be substituted “electronic

communications apparatus”.

Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

  144      In Article 2(2) of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland)

Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/2778 (N.I. 19)) (meaning of “industrial waste” for

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“telecommunication services”) there shall be substituted “communications

services”.

 

 

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Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998

  145      Subject to any other amendment made by any other provision of this Act, in

sections 1 to 4 of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1998 (c. 6), for the words “the

Secretary of State”, “Secretary of State” and “The Secretary of State”,

wherever occurring, there shall be substituted “OFCOM”.

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  146      In section 1 of that Act (charges for wireless telegraphy licences)—

              (a)                             in subsection (2)(b), for “the issue or renewal of the licence” there

shall be substituted “the issue of the licence or the making of the

grant”;

              (b)             in subsection (3)(c), for the words “the Secretary of State thinks”,

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there shall be substituted “OFCOM think”;

              (c)             in subsection (4), for the words “he thinks”, there shall be substituted

“they think”; and

              (d)             in subsection (5), at the end there shall be inserted “or any grant of

recognised spectrum access made in accordance with regulations

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under section 3A”.

  147      For section 2 of that Act there shall be substituted—

       “2            Matters to be taken into account

              (1)                             This section applies where OFCOM exercise any of their powers

under section 1 to prescribe sums payable in respect of any

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description of wireless telegraphy licence or of grant of recognised

spectrum access, other than a power to prescribe sums payable

where—

                    (a)                   a wireless telegraphy licence is varied or revoked at the

request or with the consent of the licence holder; or

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                    (b)                   a grant of recognised spectrum access is varied or revoked at

the request or with the consent of the holder of the grant.

              (2)                             OFCOM may, if they think fit in the light (in particular) of the

matters to which they are required to have regard under section 151

of the Communications Act 2003, prescribe sums which would be

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greater than those that would be necessary for the purposes of

recovering costs incurred by them in connection with functions

under the enactments relating to the management of the radio

spectrum.

              (3)             In this section—

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                                      ‘the enactments relating to the management of the radio

spectrum’ has the same meaning as in the Communications

Act 2003;

                                      ‘prescribe’ means prescribe by regulations or determine in

accordance with regulations.”

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  148     (1)      Section 4 of that Act (restriction on revocation or variation of licences) shall

be amended as follows.

          (2)      In subsection (1), for the words “him” and “his” there shall be substituted,

respectively, “them” and “their”.

          (3)      In subsection (5), for the word “him” there shall be substituted “them”.

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  149     (1)      After section 4 of that Act there shall be inserted—

       “4A            Recovery of sums payable to OFCOM

Where any sum is required to be paid to OFCOM—

                           (a)                          under any provision of this Act,

                           (b)                          in pursuance of any provision of regulations under

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this Act, or

                           (c)                          by virtue of any terms or conditions contained by

virtue of this Act in a wireless telegraphy licence, or in

a grant of recognised spectrum access,

            that sum shall be so paid to them as soon as it becomes due in

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accordance with that provision, or those terms or conditions, and if

not paid is to be recoverable by them accordingly.”

          (2)      This paragraph does not apply to a sum that first became payable before the

coming into force of this paragraph.

  150      For section 6 of that Act there shall be substituted—

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       “6                        Regulations

              (1)             Section 396 of the Communications Act 2003 (procedure for

regulations and orders made by OFCOM) applies to every power of

OFCOM to make regulations under a provision of this Act.

              (2)             Subsections (4) to (6) of that section shall not apply in any case in

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which it appears to OFCOM that by reason of the urgency of the

matter it is inexpedient to publish a notice in accordance with

subsection (4)(b) of that section.

              (3)             Subsections (4) to (6) of that section shall not apply in the case of any

regulations under section 3 or 3A modifying previous regulations

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under that section in a case not falling within subsection (2) if it

appears to OFCOM—

                    (a)                   that the modifications would not adversely affect the

interests of any person or otherwise put him in a worse

position or, as regards someone else, put him at a

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disadvantage; and

                    (b)                   in so far as the modifications affect a procedure that has

already begun, that no person would have acted differently

had the modifications come into force before the procedure

began.”

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  151     (1)      Section 8 of that Act (interpretation) shall be amended as follows.

          (2)      After “In this Act—” there shall be inserted—

                                      “‘grant of recognised spectrum access’ means a grant of

recognised spectrum access made under section 156 of the

Communications Act 2003;

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                                      ‘OFCOM’ means the Office of Communications;”.

          (3)      After the definition of “wireless telegraphy licence” there shall be inserted—

                              “and references in this Act to the issue of a wireless telegraphy

licence or the making of a grant of recognised spectrum access

include references to the issue of such a licence, or the making of a

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